The Scallop, this iconic image of the Suffolk Coast arrived on Aldeburgh beach in 2003, courtesy of local artist, Maggi Hambling.
The sculpture was set up to commemorate Benjamin Britten and displays a quote from Britten’s Peter Grimes ‘I hear those voices that will not be drowned’.
Hambling, who was brought up in Hadleigh, Suffolk, first studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing 1962-4 and then at the Ipswich School of Art before moving to London where she would soon achieve worldwide acclaim.
Not forgetting the roots of her work and the scenery that first inspired her, Hambling’s work often returns to the county. In 2004 her Thorpeness Sluice and North Sea Waves exhibition was held at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.